Since 2009, Araras, Brazil undertook a participatory budgeting project, which improves citizen engagement with processes of democratic deliberation.
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Problems and Purpose
The participatory budgeting process in Araras, a city in the interior of Brazil's state São Paulo, Brazil, began in 2009 and appears to be ongoing as of 2015.
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Methods and Tools Used
This initiative is an example of participatory budgeting, an increasingly common method of democratic innovation broadly described as "a decision-making process through which citizens deliberate and negotiate over the distribution of public resources." There are many benefits associated with participatory budgeting including increased civic and democratic education; increased government transparency; and an increased opportunity for participation by historically marginalized populations. 
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Analysis and Lessons Learned
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http://www.spadap.com/data-collection-projects/the-brazilian-participato... [Participatory Budgeting Census 2012]
http://www.araras.sp.gov.br/e/?c=noticias&i=13439 [city website]
http://www.scribd.com/doc/187998588/Artigo-OP-Araras [article that covers in detail the period 2009-2012]
Preparing a write-up of this case will require knowledge of Portuguese (PBcensus 1 - complete raw data). Although there are no existing case studies in English on Araras, the city was surveyed in the Participatory Budgeting Census 2012 (Spada et al. 2012).
The link above to an article in Portuguese has enough description to generate a full case for the period 2009-2012.
Three other types of cases have been conducted using the information contained in the Participatory Budgeting Census 2012 that are tagged for easier retrieval in the following way:
- PBcensus 1 - complete raw data
- PBcensus 2 - requires phone call
- PBcensus 3 - requires significant research
Lead Image: Participatory Budgeting Araras https://goo.gl/aavuUr